Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Brooklyn Sports Club's mission isn't just about getting people fit—it's also about getting them to have a good time. The club emphasizes the communal aspect of working out with plenty of group activities and family-friendly programs for all ages. Children as young as six months can participate in swim classes in the competition-size lap pool, and there are several martial-arts programs for older kids.
Adult members can take advantage of any of BSC's facilities, including a boxing studio and a group fitness studio that hosts everything from Zumba to Hatha yoga. There's plenty of space for solo workouts on the fitness floor, including a 14,000-square-foot section with weights and a 5,000-square-foot area with computerized ellipticals and stair climbers. Here, certified personal trainers teach clients how to lift effectively and properly unwrap a protein bar. To help members further enjoy their time at the gym, there's a massage spa and a sun deck that occasionally hosts live music.
The trainers at Monkey Fist MMA have baked the full-body workout benefits of intense martial-arts training into classes accessible to students of virtually all fitness levels. Leading groups through the fundamentals of boxing and muay thai kickboxing, skilled and upbeat instructors bestow students with the practical skill set of self-defense while ramping up their metabolism as they throw a steady barrage of punches, kicks, and evasive maneuvers.
Since Joe Gold opened the first location in 1965 in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 700 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members—which include professional athletes and celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Faith Hill, and Jessica Alba—chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, bolster flexibility during yoga, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Master Victor Ying—head of NY Self-Defense & Fitness—and his team of instructors truly train students to improve body and mind. In addition to hosting classes that draw techniques and philosophies from various martial arts styles—such as tai chi, brazilian jujitsu, and Tae Kwon Do—the staff also teaches students how to play everything from chess to the piano and the guitar, and instructors can even help with homework. This guidance in physical as well as intellectual pursuits helps visitors become more well-rounded individuals while developing invaluable, lifelong skills. To round out the studio's repertoire, the instructors also lead calorie-incinerating Zumba classes for both kids and adults, ensuring that students stay active and have fun.
Children and adults can consider Feel the Music Dance Studio a safe place to jive, thanks to instructors Krystal and Jose. These skilled toe-tappers teach pupils sultry salsa steps, upbeat swing moves, classic ballet positions, and hypnotic belly-dance techniques. Most classes take place in packs, but couples and solo hoofers can sign up for private instruction, as well.
When Krystal and Jose aren't showing students how to cut a rug and then painstakingly sew it back together, they lead yoga, guitar, and piano lessons. On Saturday and Tuesday nights, they host a regular salsa-dance social so students can hone their skills in a laid-back atmosphere.